Check Out the Guide!

The Guide for Westward Travelers is now here! If you’re feeling lost, go to and navigate to the Guide. There you’ll find info about the people, places, and events that shape Dinosaur Territory!

As always, find Dinosaur Territory Adventures here. If you’ve read any of the adventures, please leave a review. It really helps reach new readers. Stay well!


Westward Guide Coming Soon…

Things have been weird lately, and we all are in need of a good guide… Later this month I’ll add a new feature to a Guide for the Westward Traveler. It’ll feature a Record of Important Events, a Survey of Notable Locales, and a Register of Curious Folk. It’s meant to help anyone new to the Territory get their bearings.

In the meantime, check out the latest book: the Journeys of Matilda Crockett. Leave a review for this or any other Dinosaur Territory Adventure on Amazon. It’s a huge help for finding new readers. Hope you’re all staying well.


Available Now!

The new Dinosaur Territory Adventure is finally available. Find it here.

Please share with anyone interested in adventuring through a strange and treacherous vision of the American Frontier! Follow Dinosaur Territory Adventures for something new every February, May, August, and November…



A new DINOSAUR TERRITORY ADVENTURE is on the way! The new story puts you in the action as you choose Matilda’s path through a dangerous new land…

The Journeys of Matilda Crockett will be available in just a couple of weeks! More info to come! Follow through FB, twitter, and the website to ensure you’re up-to-date on all of the action. New stories arrive quarterly.


Now Available: Three Tales From Over The Nine-Nine

Great news! A new Dinosaur Territory short story is ready for your e-reader! Perfect for enjoying over the long Thanksgiving break…

Three Tales from Over the Nine-Nine

A greed-fueled trek deep into the frontier. A fish tale, a tall tale, and a voyage through a strange new sea. An act of mutiny on the Line of Containment. These are the tales from over the Nine-Nine, the 99th meridian, west of which you’ll find DINOSAURS on the prowl!

E-book available for $0.99 at: Amazon

Say… Speaking of Thanksgiving. Ever wonder what Thanksgiving is like in the Territory?*

Here’s a little taste from the the Right-O Eatery’s special Thanksgiving menu:

Poached ptero eggs
Spice fern au gratin
Pine nut fry bread
Pickled swamptails
Smashed ginger-tubers
Slow-roasted trike hatchling ribs
One-sixteenth plodicus neck, tub-fried in stego oil
And of course… pumpkin pie

The adults may enjoy this meal with Marty’s own Bloody Mary recipe. Add a squeeze of sauropod tick for extra bold flavor.



*The menu is not at all related to the new short story.

New Look at Dinosaur Territory

Things have been under construction in the Territory… The website has a new look, a new logo, and new adventures are on the way!

Gone are the “news” blog post and the cheesy WordPress ads. Now the site will be a platform for new Dinosaur Territory Adventures only. They’ll arrive quarterly: November, February, May, and August.

The adventures might be free or they might cost a little money. Either way, the site will offer a healthy sample of the tales and some promos for folks that sign the mailing list.

Up next…

Look for this month’s adventure soon, which I expect will be available in a couple of weeks. 


Why self-publish?

Below is a brief explanation of my rationale for self-publishing the first Dinosaur Territory book, which will—hopefully!—be available next month (Feb. 2015).

About three years ago, I started writing the story; and about a year and a half ago, I finished it to the point where I thought it was ready for lit agents to review. Over the course of the next year, I submitted the story (or various parts of it) to about ten agents. My list came from googling something like “best lit agents for middle grade fiction”. Of those agents, a handful got back in touch and one gave me some helpful feedback. Ultimately, though, no one offered to represent me.

I then did some more research on the publishing business. From what I found, publishers and agents (even those interested in new authors) are looking for writers who are established in some way—be it with a previously published work, a popular blog, or a self-published title. This is completely understandable from their perspective. If you can spend your energy on a new author with a solid fan base on Smashwords (of whom there are many), why would you spend any energy on a new author without that kind of record? With any luck, using the latest tools of self-publishing, I will create that record for Dinosaur Territory. That’s the primary answer to the question above.

Through this process, though, I found out some other things about self-publishing. Most notable is that I like it. It’s challenging, interesting, and very hands on. I’ve had to do a lot of research about self-publishing perils and pitfalls. I’ve also had to spend a lot more energy on my text by writing, proofreading, editing and so on—which is why it’s taken me so long to self-publish since my first draft. Another thing it’s taught me is that I can’t be shy about my work. I have to ask for advice from friends and family to move forward. Because of this, I’m extremely glad I’ve taken the self-publishing route. It’s given me a much better understanding of the publishing industry as a whole. Plus, I think it’s made me a better writer.